After the vote and during the point of personal privilege, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers commented on the record time of the special session with redistricting, which began August 15, giving credit to Committee Chairman Sen. Mitch Seabuah for working on it months ago.
Retrogression, the process of returning to an earlier state that is usually worse, was a topic mentioned by many Democrats at the well. Sen. Seabuah reassured that the maps were legal, and that the Department of Justice evaluates whether a new redistricting plan is retrogressive by comparing it to the benchmark plans.
Sen. Donzella James opposed the new districts stating they will have de-franchising effects and selectively designed to exclude minorities and blacks. Sen. James referenced the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and reflected how she wasn’t allowed to enter the capitol in the 60’s and doesn't want resegregation.
Sen. Vincent Fort said, ‘It will hurt the people I represent and to lose a congressman in the Savannah area will be a loss of influence and support’.
The new legislative district maps have already been passed by the House and signed by Nathan Deal. They must be approved by the Department of Justice before being implemented. Reasons for denial would be because it violates the one-person, one-vote principle, Shaw v. Reno, or Section 2 of the Voting Rights.